Without meaning to, Determined to Develop started a residential program beginning in 2010, when one orphan was in desperate need of a place to live. From that small act, the program grew and, over the years, many others have found their home at our Maji Zuwa campus through our residential youth program.
The residential youth home has been one of our longest running and most successful programs. By providing a stable family-oriented home life, the youth in our care are able to concentrate more fully on their schooling and academics. They are overseen by a Residential Youth Manager, who oversees the academic success of all residential youth and makes sure all policies are being followed. We have seen incredible results from this program, and our live-in youth are routinely at the top of their classes and recognized as leaders among their peers.
To be considered for the residential program, a young person must demonstrate a need and a desire to live in a controlled setting. About one third of our residential youth are orphans, having lost both parents, who are referred to us by local chiefs or school administrators. Another one third of our residential youth are from households with a single mother who is struggling to support them. The final one third are from families in the surrounding community who see the value in the structured environment.